2017 Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Calgardup Brook Chardonnay

The cooler conditions of the 2017 season have created a wine of great purity and finesse. Our 2017 Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay shows all the hallmarks typical of this block located by the Indian Ocean. Oyster shell and sea spray notes are immediately evident on the nose, followed by delicate nectarine and nashi pear flesh. Beeswax and delicious nougat lead to a flinty complexity - the result of wild fermentation with full solids and extended time on lees. The saline acidity is well balanced by excellent texture and an attractive chalky grip. A mineral Chardonnay highlighting the terroir of this southern Margaret River site.

"Far out. How good are McHenry Hohnen wines getting? And quite diverse in their feel compared to most from the region. Stellar. Lots of battonage, lots of lees ... righteous. So much to like here. A quietly powerful, detailed chardonnay that shows with citrus, green apple, lashings of ‘mineral’, faint toast and whiffs of peanut/cashew. The palate follows a similar route, powerful in flavour but not stretching the palate with oomph, instead, precise, tight, true and long. Scintillating stuff here."
Score 95/100 - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front 2018

"Grown on limestone and sand-loam soils close to the ocean. The coolest of the single vineyard chardonnay sites. Aromas of cashew and oatmeal mingle with white-fleshed stone fruit and a suggestion of salty sea breezes. Tight and precise on the palate, green apple and citrus curd flavours run into a long, textural, minerally finish".
Score 95/100 - James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

"Quite savory and elegant chardonnay with aromas of fresh pastry and dry stones, as well as white melon and light peach. The palate has sleek, elegantly cut style with melon and peach here, too, Very crisp, long and elegant. Drink or hold"
Score 93/100 - Nick Stock/James Suckling's Margaret River Review

"This has a real lift on the nose. There is a lemonzest and grapefruit character here. It's chalky and fine with a salty brine character. The palate is powerful and focused with tremendous juiciness. Has about 20 per cent new oak made up of puncheons and barriques. It has tremendous fruit concentration with a lip-smaking finish on it. Exceptionally long palate. This gets a fair amount of battonage. Cellar 10 years"
Score 96/100 - Ray Jordan, The West Australia Wine Guide 2020

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Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Calgardup Brook Vineyard
Harvest Date
11 March
1-15 years
Alcohol %
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
100% Calgardup Brook. This vineyard lies just inland from the coast. Its sandy, schisty soils are well weathered. These chardonnay vines run east-west with a slightly sloping northern aspect.
Winemaker Notes
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, full solids and wild fermentation in barrique (approx. 25% new). Post ferment, barrels are left cool but unsulphured for 4 months to encourage autolytic activity. Batonnage every two weeks based on flavour and partial MLF. Wine was racked with full lees to tank in December and spent two months on lees in tank before bottling unfiltered.
Other Notes
After desirable conditions during flowering, the summer started cool and wet, slowing down the growing season significantly. Conditions improved in late February, developing into a perfect Indian summer. The result is whites that are packed with energy and poise, and reds that got the benefit of a long, cool ripening periods; tannin ripeness and complex flavour developments. Alcohols are lower than previous years, even with greater physiological ripeness.